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hello, again, everyone. thank you very much for joining me. i'm fredricka whitfield. troubling new developments in the fight against the pandemic. the cdc issuing a warning as the u.s. saw another 80,000 new cases on friday. one state in particular seeing a rapid rise, michigan. the state's positivity rate is now 18%. some hospitals are now delaying nonemergency procedures amid this surge. meanwhile, the investigation into congressman matt gaetz is also heating up. the house ethics committee is now opening is own probe as the juice department investigates ae allegations of sex trafficking and prostitution. the but geas waetz will not be dete >> i'm built for the battle and i'm not going anywhere. but first, the coronavirus
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cases in michigan. our polo sandoval is there. what's behind the rise? >> you know, fred, the governor yesterday laid it out very clear for her residents here in a blunt reality check saying her state unquestionably still remains a national covid hot spot, especially when you consider 18% of covid tests are coming back positive, fred, four times higher than what we saw in mid-february. it's deeply concerning and the state health department here in michigan say these numbers clearly show broad community spread right now, especially among younger people. pfizer has requested to expand the emergency use authorization of the drugmaker's covid-19 to include people ages 12 to 15 in the u.s. the fda will evaluate the request as quickly as possible said the agency's acting commissioner janet woodcock. the fda currently allows the vaccine's use in people 16 be
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up. there are two covid-19 vaccines in the use made by moderna and johnson & johnson authorized for use in people ages 18 and older. the cdc is aware of several incidents involving reactions to the johnson & johnson vaccine in four stactes, says the cdc. >> that's something that has to be investigated. you get millions of people who get blood clots so you should investigate investigate but i'm not concerned for myself or anybody else who got the johnson & johnson vaccine. >> reporter: johnson & johnson also working closely with the fda to resolve any manufacturing issues at the emergency location in baltimore. >> they expect 8 million weekly doses in total across state and federal channels later in april. importantly, johnson & johnson also reiterated its commitment to provide at or near 100 million vaccine doses by the end of may.
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>> reporter: currently more than one in four adults are now fully vaccinated in the u.s. experts hope to get more americans vaccinated quickly as lockdown fatigue take its toll as more transmissible variants of the virus become dominant. >> i don't think there needs to be concerns about any shift or change in the efficacy of the vaccine. >> reporter: they are going to be opening up all americans by april 19th. >> as cases identify by testing, we expect all cases will increase. this is not indicative of school transmission. >> reporter: duke university the latest of 16 colleges and universities to require all students to receive covid-19 vaccines. states including california and vermont to open this summer, experts are warning to truly declare victory against the variants, americans need to get vaccinated and continue
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mitigation measures. the. >> we still have high confidence these vaccines are effective but because they're not perfect is precisely why we're still urging people to be cautious. it's why we still have such an emphasis on getting the overall case numbers down, which we can only do by vaccinating and making sure people, until we have a critical mass vaccinated, are wearing masks, washing their hands, keeping distance and avoiding indoor gatherings. >> finally, i want to share the key metrics that are concerning for some of the officials here. they include daily pediatric hospitalizations, when you look at the numbers, fred, 32% since mid-february. why hospitals are starting to delay nonemergency procedures. let's be clear that's not because of potential covid risks but to allocate resources. finally on that list, the governor is urging, not requiring, but urging some high schools or all high schools in the state to suspend in-person
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learning the next couple of weeks. fred, we should be clear the governor is not requiring this, still recommending some school students try to curb the numbers on the rise. >> polo sandoval, thank you very much. we will check back with you out of detroit. to the house where the ethics committee is opening an investigation of florida congressman matt gaetz. gaetz is facing federal sex trafficking and prostitution allegations. in his first public appearance since news of the investigation broke, gaetz speaking at a conservative women's organization sounding defiant. >> they lie about me because i tell the truth about them, and i'm not gonna stop! so when you see the leaks and the lies and the falsehoods and the smears, when you see the anonymous sources and insiders forecasting my demise, know this, they aren't really coming
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for me. they're coming for you. i'm just in the way. >> cnn's daniella diaz is on capitol hill with more on this. daniella, what's the latest on these investigations? >> fred, congressman matt gaetz is making clear he's not going anywhere. in this clip you just played from last night, he was very defiant, as you said. he's denied all of the allegations against him and made clear he's not staying quiet. he wants to be outright denying these allegations. in fact, instead of staying quiet, he actually sent a fund-raising email around these allegations so he's outwardly denying them. but, look, he's facing a slew of allegations against him that have developed over the past couple of days. federal investigators are working to determine whether geas provided gaetz provided tr women in exchange for sexual favors and if he traveled with a woman who was 17 at the time and provided women with drugs and
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sex trafficking. these are strong allegations, as you mentioned. the house ethics committee opened up a probe against gaetz. they're going to investigate these allegations that came out in the past couple of days on cnn and other outlets. gaetz in a state denied through his office all of these allegations has he's been doing through his lawyer and office and publicly himself. the statement he sent from his office read -- once again the office will reiterate these allegations are blatantly false and have not been validated by a single human being willing to put their name behind them. actually, fred, right now congress has been in recess two weeks and they come back next week for the first time, this will be the first time we might see gaetz in washington since these allegations around him arose for the first time. but he has a proxy letter to vote remotely so it's unclear whether he will actually come to washington in person. we will be keeping an eye out to see if he actually comes.
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>> that's an interesting little tidbit as well. daniella diaz, thank you so much on capitol hill. coming up -- the royal family says good-bye to preminc philip. next, new details about who is expected to attend. ♪ na na na na... ♪ hey hey hey. ♪ goodbye. ♪ na na na na... ♪ hey hey hey. ♪ goodbye. ♪ na na na na ♪ na na na na... the world's first six-function multipro tailgate. available on the gmc sierra.
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real doubt he wants to come but there's some doubt whether he would be able to and trying to work out travel restrictions there. but he will likely have to isolate for five days, so we expect him to come early in the week because the funeral, we now know, will be next saturday 3:00 in the afternoon uk time, 10:00 a.m. eastern time. so he will be attending but the duchess can't come, we're told, because her doctor advised against it. she's, of course, pregnant. so she has a reason not to come, despite a lot of the goss june ar gossip around this event. but i think it's a straightforward decision ultimately. >> max, how do you see prince philip's life being celebrated throughout the uk and beyond? be what might that funeral or occasion actually look like even though it's going to be private? >> well, it's going to be private in the extent the public aren't invited to go there. there won't be any crowds, but that's really because of the pandemic. but it will be public in the sense that it will be televised.
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and it will be interesting to see how it plays out because they can only have 30 guests under the current uk rules, one of which will be prince harry, of course. we'll get the rest of the guest list on thursday. and i think we will expect to see them in masks, for example. but prince philip didn't like a lot of fuss. he didn't want a big state affair. actually, i think this is' very sort ever honest tribute to him in a way. the other thing you'llness at the service, those main entrance, the state entrance to the castle, if you like, there will be a procession that starts there before the service begins and it will be a procession of two land rovers which are being customized. one of them will carry the coffin and those land rovers were partly designed by prince philip, who was very involved in this whole process. that's a very prince philip moment. there will be people along the route of that procession representing his many charities.
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>> and married 73 years. what do we know about how the queen is doing? >> well, we know prince edward, her younger son, visited today and yesterday prince charles visited. the duchess said she was doing well literally and very impressed with how the queen was doing. she's in the castle on her own effectively but is having to keep busy with signing off on these funeral plans. she did -- or the palace tweeted a quote from the queen today and describing prince philip at her strength and stay. i think what was interesting about that is she would have approved that tweet and that's the quote that really speaks to how she feels about prince philip and how much of the world feels about prince philip as well. i think now is quite a poignant quote put out today and that is very much speaking to how she feels. >> wow, the one and only love of
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her life, smitten since she was the tender age of 13. amazing. then they would go on to have an extraordinary life together, 73 years. max foster in the uk, thank you so much. coming up -- it was an emotional week of testimony in the derek chauvin murder trial. we'll look back at some of the most crucial moments. later this hour, the attorney for george floyd's family joining me live. stay with us. . including personal branding, resume building, and more. that's our promise to you. that's career services for life. - grammarly business turned my marketing team learn more at phoenix.edu into rock stars. (diana strums guitar) maya swears by grammarly business because it keeps her work on brand and error-free. fast and easy. - [announcer] learn more at grammarly.com/business.
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it was another week of hard-to-stomach testimony in the trial of derek chauvin, the
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minneapolis police officer accused of killing george floyd. the focus shifting to the medical analysis of floyd's cause of death, as the defense argues he died of a drug overdose and pre-existing health conditions. one expert witness making clear that she believes chauvin's actions are to blame. >> the activities of the law enforcement officers resulted in mr. floyd's death and specifically those activities were the sub dual of a restraint and next compression. >> dr. thomas, the prosecution's witness. cnn's adriana brodia has more of the second week of testimony. >> reporter: the second week of the derek chauvin murder trial concluded with a key witness, hennepin county medical examiner andrew baker. >> you conducted the autopsy on mr. george floyd? >> i did. >> reporter: acknowledging heart disease and drugs played a role in george floyd's death but the manner of death remains a homicide. >> it's what i put on the death certificate last june.
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law enforcement said dual restraint and neck compression. >> reporter: this capped off a week of testimony from expert witnesses and officials repeatedly poking a hole in chauvin's defense, which changes floyd died of a combination of underlying health conditions, along with the ingestion of methamphetamine and fentanyl. >> that's the moment life goes out of his body. >> reporter: dr. martin tobin, world-renowned pulmonologist, broke down in detail four critical factors thisat he said caused floyd to stop breathing, like his position on the asphalt which restricted his lungs. >> you mentioned several reasons for mr. floyd's flow of oxygen. you mentioned one, handcuffs and the street, right? >> correct. >> you mentioned knee on the neck? >> yep. >> prone position? >> yep. >> and then the knee on the
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back, arms and side. were those before? >> yep, these were before. >> reporter: defense attorney eric nelson argued floyd could have died as a result of taking drugs moments prior to officers forcing him to the ground. >> is it fair to say you would expect the peak fentanyl respiratory depression within about five minutes? >> obviously, it would again on how much of it was ingested. but if there was any amount of it ingested, yes, the peak would be five minutes. >> reporter: tobin ultimately concluding drugs didn't kill floyd, testifying he had not taken a proper death for almost ten minutes, at which point the carbon monoxide in floyd's body reached lethal levels. the jury also heard from chauvin's former boss, minneapolis police chief madera arradondo. he later said what happened to floyd was, quote, murder. the chief was asked about chauvin's use of force. >> is it your belief then that
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this particular form of restraint, if that's what we will call it, in fact violates departmental policy? >> i actually agree that violates our policy. >> reporter: the defense pushed back, arguing that chauvin's knee placement, which they say was actually on floyd's back, was a proper police-prone hold. >> does this appear to be a neck restraint? >> no, sir. >> does this appear to be a prone hold that an officer may apply with his knee? >> yes. >> reporter: but the testimonial theme from law enforcement and use-of-force experts was clear, witnesses clearly told the jury that derek chauvin used, be quote, excessive and deadly force on george floyd when restraining him with his knee for more than nine minutes. >> adrienne broaddus, thank you very much for that report. coming up -- he was donald
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reputation friday night, embattled florida congressman matt gaetz claims he's the victim of an orchestrated witch-hunt. >> i may be a canceled man in some corners, i may even be a wanted man by the deep state, but i hear the millions of americans who feel forgotten, canceled, ignored, marginalized be targeted. >> gaetz is currently under federal investigation over allegations that include sex trafficking be prostitution. cnn has a closer look at congressman gaetz and his rise in the republican party. >> reporter: the left in america
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has incited far more political violence than the right. >> congressman matt gaetz, an tag nastic, bombastic, unapologetic. >> my fellow patrons, don't be shy and don't be sorry. >> reporter: the 38-year-old republican from florida has only been in washington for four years but his flair for drama has captured national attention. >> you weren't elected by anybody. >> reporter: gaetz's theatrical style -- >> our citizens come first. sorry, not sorry. >> reporter: uprooted in a feature once on the big screen. >> good afternoon, good evening and good night. >> reporter: gaetz grew up in the house used to film "the truman show." >> one day one producer just shows up in a golf cart and tells my mother that they want to make a movie in this house starring jim carrey. >> reporter: in this white
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picket house in sea side florida. >> this is the house i grew up in and this was my bedroom during formative years. and voila, love america. >> reporter: his mother is partially paralyzed after she suffered complications while pregnant with his sister and refused to terminate the p pregnancy. it made an impression on a young gaetz, who later said it attributed to his anti-abortion stance when he entered politics. >> every chance i get,ly stand up for life, and i will. >> reporter: the gaetzes were wealthy and powerful in the community. his father don gaetz made a fortune, over $25 million with a for-profit hospice company. he eventually went into politics. don gaetz was elected to the florida statehouse, rising to become a power player in florida politics. >> he is the new america. he is the new republican party. >> reporter: after graduating from william and mary law school in 2005, matt worked as a lawyer in florida for only a few years
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until a seat opened up in the florida statehouse. >> there's no cause in northwest florida more worth fighting for than strengthening our military mission. >> reporter: matt leveraged his family name to easily win his first campaign in a special election to become a state representative in 2010. >> i hope earn is ready to cut some taxes today. >> reporter: he served in the statehouse alongside his father for six years. >> it is my privilege to introduce the president of the florida senate, a guy i know pretty well, the senator from northwest florida, don gaetz. >> reporter: and took on the nickname baby gaetz among locals, a nod to his father's early influence. >> he's in the statehouse. there was a cadre of young lawmakers at the time that got a lot of attention. there was a crowd that liked to stay out late and, you know, have fun. >> reporter: political observers say it was in the statehouse where gaetz started to showcase his flashy and effective political instincts. >> he would get on the floor of
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the statehouse and just speak in these spellbinding monologues. >> reporter: it was then gaetz latched on to a tool to help amplify his voice. >> his approach on twitter definitely anticipated the trump era. >> reporter: in 2016 gaetz ran again, this time for a florida congressional seat, and won. >> matt, how are you doing? >> this is my mother. >> hey, mom! >> you just go right in the middle here. >> reporter: and came to washington the next year. >> congressman matt gaetz, come on up, matt. a man i just watched last night on television, he was fantastic. >> reporter: he quickly cozied up to then newly elected president trump. >> mr. president, it's matt gaetz. i don't need anything, sir. just calling to tell you, you did a great job today. don't let these people get you down. we're going to keep fighting for
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you with all we got. >> becoming one of the president's chief defenders. >> president trump sometimes raises his voice in a ruckus. he knows that's what it takes to raise an army of patriots who love america and will protect her. >> reporter: and allies in congress. >> what we see in this impeachment is kangaroo court and chairman schiff is aukting like a malicious captain kangaroo. >> reporter: and cultivated a reputation as a brazen provocateur with political stunts focusing more on his personal brand than passing legislation. >> we're going to try to figure out what's going on. >> reporter: in 2019 leading a group of republicans to storm a closed-door deposition that was happening during the impeachment proceeding. >> we're going to go and see if we can get inside. >> reporter: and causing a dustup with this tweet about michael cohen, seemingly threatening the president's former personal lawyer with the release of damaging personal information ahead of cohen's congressional testimony. after an uproar that he could
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have committed witness tampering, gaetz issued a rare apology. in march of last year, he wore a gas mask while voting on the floor of the u.s. house, mocking concern that was rising over the spread of covid-19. and then just days later having to self-quarantine after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. >> defeat liz cheney in this upcoming election! >> reporter: this february gaetz went to battle against a fellow republican, congresswoman liz cheney, traveling to her home state to lead a rally against her after she voted to impeach former president trump. >> i have been here for about an hour, and i feel like i already know the place a lot better than your misguided representative liz cheney! >> reporter: last year the congressman announced for the first time that he has a 19-year-old son, a cuban immigrant that he says he's been parenting for years as a single dad. >> i couldn't imagine loving him anymore if he was my own flesh and blood.
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i raised him for the last civil years and he's just the most remarkable young man. >> reporter: and announced his engagement this past december after proposing to his 26-year-old girlfriend at mar-a-lago. and as he's fighting for his political life amid all of these allegations, he continues to dig in. in an op-ed this week, the congressman defiantly says he will not resign and suggests people are out to get him because he's happily engaged now. sunlen serfaty, cnn, washington. president biden is meeting with his senior team members today. it's not clear what they're discussing but it seems the border coordinator will step down at the end of the month. her departure comes at a crucial moment where the administration dealing with an unprecedented number of children myp grat at the border. she said it was always the plan she would leave after the first 100 days. vice president kamala harris will lead efforts at the border
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going forward and the white house says jacobson's departure won't change the vice president's role. coming up -- an emotional week of testimony in the derek chauvin murder trial. coming to a close, i will talk to the attorney for george floyd's family next. we're carvana, the company who invented car vending machines and buying a car 100% online. now we've created a brand-new way for you to sell your car. whether it's a year old or a few years old. we wanna buy your car. so go to carvana and enter your license plate answer a few questions. and our techno wizardry calculates your car's value and gives you a real offer in seconds. when you're ready, we'll come to you, pay you on the spot and pick up your car, that's it. so ditch the old way of selling your car, and say hello to the new way at carvana.
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the second week of testimony in the murder trial over the death of george floyd wrapped up on friday. the prosecution spending the
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week keying in on the actions of former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin, who has pleaded not guilty to second degree unintentional murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter charges. and the medical analysis of floyd's cause of death as the dbs argues he died of a drug overdose and pre-existing health conditions. >> those other contributing conditions are not conditions that consider direct causes, is that true? >> they are not direct causes of mr. floyd's death, that's true. contributing causes. >> as of cause of death you found then and you stand by today the event of the death of mr. floyd is still classified a homicide? >> yes, i still classify it as a homicide today. >> and that's larry blackwell leading that examination. joining me now to discuss this is benjamin crump, the attorney
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for george floyd's family. so good to see you, ben. the first week of testimony we were collectively, the nation sad and shocked to hear what witnesses saw, did and felt. and in the second week of the trial, viewers have expressed anger and exasperation when hearing these medical experts and former police chief's testimony on what was a slow-suffering killing by unauthorized use of force. how have you and family members been feeling during all of this? >> well, fredericka, one of the things i told the family and our legal team is that it was going to be a very emotional trial, that the defense lawyers for derek chauvin was going to assassinate george floyd's character every chance they got. they would say that it was everything but derek chauvin's knee on his neck that killed him. they would try to say it was a
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trace amount of drugs in his system. they would say it was a health condition. what was shocking to me, fredricka whitfield, is they even tried to blame the crowd, those six, seven people out there pleading for george floyd's lied, sending a subliminal message, it was the angry black people is the reason why derek chauvin kept his knee on his neck. that's just an attempt to distract everybody. we just have to remain focused on what we saw on that video of derek chauvin putting his knee on george floyd's neck for 9:29. the only thing that killed george floyd george jr. was an e of excessive force by derek chauvin. >> and we heard that under no uncertain terms from dr. thomas, he said george floyd's death came from the interaction with police. and last night you said on cnn
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that members -- at least one member of george floyd's family, might testify. can you tell us who that will be and why? >> well, it will be a family member that's going to testify to talk about who george was, that he was a human being, that he had people that loved him. because, fredericka, to most of us, george floyd is a cause. he's a case. it's a hashtag. but to them, that's their blood, that's their family. you know, his brothers, they slept in the bed with him when they were growing up. he was always their protector. it was so heart wrerjing when they watched that video and they couldn't offer any protection to him. so i believe it will be one of his brothers who grew up with him that would testify next week in the state's case in chief. >> the expert witnesses that we heard this week, among them
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spending these days focused on the direct cause of george floyd's death. take a listen. >> he has a heart that always needs more oxygen than a normal heart by virtue of its size and it's limited in its ability to step up to provide more oxygen when there's demand because of the narrowing of his coronary arteries. >> a person subjected to what mr. floyd was subjected to would have died. >> do you feel like the prosecution has already proven the case, be that the evidence is so overwhelming, it will be very complicated for the defense to unprove the circumstances of floyd's death? >> fredericka, i think attorney general keith ellison and his team of prosecutors have made for a very compelling case. they presented it very strategically, but i've been a civil rights lawyer for the
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balance of my professional life, but i have been black all of my life, and i know we can never take for granted that a police officer in america will be held accountable for killing a black person unjustly. that's why this case is a tipping point. so many people are watching this case saying what philonise floyd, george floyd's brother said, if a black person can't get justice based on what we see in that video, then what can we get justice for? >> do you feel like, too, this is a tipping point because what we are seeing is very unusual here. you've got a former police chief and fellow officers who are testifying against the defendant and now former minneapolis police officer. that is not customarily what you see in these criminal cases. >> absolutely, fredericka. and now the former police chief, the current police chief
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testified against him in court as well as many other police officers. i pray that it sets a precedent that more police officers will come from behind that blue wall of silence and tell the truth. you know, they say the people in our communities marginalize minority communities all the time. we want you to tell the truth when you see something bad happen, when people commit criminal acts. well, we are seeing to the police officers, we want you to show us how it's done, be the example so all of us will stand for truth and justice, no matter who might be held accountable. >> you said you believe this is the tipping point. do you also believe this potentially is a turning point for police conduct, for the relationship between police and particularly the black community across the country and consequences that might come from actions that otherwise have
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not been seen? >> and that is the hope, fredericka, because we're better than this, what we saw in that video. america, we're better than this. we have to have a better world where breonna taylor, a black woman with no criminal history can sleep in peace in her house without the police busting open her front door on a no-knock warrant at 1:00 in the morning and mutilating her body with bullets. we're better than jacob blake jr., andre hill in columbus, ohio, or anthony mcclain in pasadena, california, all being killed in 2020, all on video in just the most unbelievable ways. we're better than that, america. we can have better policing where everybody can be protected and served and not brutalized. >> benjamin crump, thank you so
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much for joining us. we will, of course, continue to talk to you along the way. appreciate your time. >> thank you. coming up -- former house speaker john boehner pens an explosive new book about his time on capitol hill. next we will take a look at some of the most stunning allegations. but first, as moms return to the workplace, a vermont company is on a mission to revolutionize mothers' nursing experiences. here's today's "start small, think big." >> momma va is the originator of the free standing lactation suite, a place for moms to privately use a breast pump or nurse. >> we're the cofounders of mamava. we had one prototype in the burlington airport in 2013, and in just two weeks got traction. today we have over 1,500 lactation pods across the country and even a few
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internationally. moms find it a peaceful place and they like the fact it's dedicated. they don't have to ask somebody how to get in it because they can use our app. the ann app allows you to searcr pods and once you find one, press a button, go inside, lock the door be it will signal to anybody else the unit is occupied. there's an outlet to plug in their breast pump, wipes to help clean up services and light to control lighting and ventilation. you can even use usb to charge your phone. that not only has our lactation pods but 6,000 other locations that we have vetted. during the pandemic, the key usage has been with essential workers. that feels really good during this time to be able to provide that added oasis and support for those important employees.
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>> the president is probably the most unique person that we've had as president, but the fact is, he's president. >> reporter: consider that chapter closed. in the former house speaker's new book "on the house," boehner rips into the former president, accusing trump of inciting the january 6th attack on the capitol, quote, perpetuated by the bull he had been shoveling since he lost a fair election, and skewers trump for being vain and bullying. an aide to boehner, he writes, mistakenly introduces the two golf partners by the wrong names. at the end of the round when trump found out he had been calling the men by the wrong name the entire time, trump writes he got into boehner's aide face, what are you, some kind of ideniot? you want to remember somebody's name? f'ing listen. >> that example of the golf outing showed the contrast of the two men in terms of temperament. president trump was mercurial,
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undisciplined, immature, self-centered. >> reporter: boehner responded by calling him a swamp creature and said his response motivated by his ties to china. he writes he once told democratic senator harry reid to go f himself at a business meeting. he recalls an episode where don young got so angry with boehner over the criticism of earmarks, young held a ten-inch knife to boehner's throat just off the house floor. young told politico the account is mostly true. boehner shows a particular detestation for texas senator ted cruz, who he already spoke divisively about. >> lucifer in the flesh. i get along with almost anybody but i have never worked with a most miserable son of a -- 346 in the book discussing the rise of the tea party while he was speaker and younger republicans who were less interested in cutting deals with democrats,
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boehner writes, there's nothing more dangerous than a reckless a-hole who thinks he's smarter than everybody else. ladies and gentlemen, please senator ted cruz. >> what he detested about senator cruz was this dramatic, histrionic style that wasn't about legislating but about scoring points in the media and eventually that is what led boehner to move away. >> reporter: we reached out to senator ted cruz's office for a response to boehner's book. they referred us to a tweet from senator cruz implying boehner is obsessed with cruz. cruz did joke about boehner's criticism of him at a conservative conference in february, asking an audience, who's john boehner? brian todd, cnn, washington. and this quick programming note, former senate majority leader harry reid joins cnn's jim acosta later on today for a one-on-one interview. you can watch that right here on cnn at 5:00 p.m. eastern time. hello again, everyone, thank you fo

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